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flying jib

noun, Nautical.
the outer or outermost of two or more jibs, set well above the jib boom.
Origin of flying jib
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We have the flying jib to ourselves—that little green cottage, you know, on the rocks.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • All above the topgallant-sails; also the studding-sails and flying jib.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The topsails were soon clewed up and made fast, then the flying jib run down and furled.

  • "Haul down the flying jib: take the bonnet off the jib, and put a reef in her," came the strong swift sentences.

  • You may then, as you draw in toward the anchorage, take in your royals and flying jib, furling the royals if you have time.

    The Seaman's Friend Richard Henry Dana
  • The interior of the flying jib varied from a dreary lodge to a summer home, according to the nature of the occupants.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • Her mother was inviting Mr. Bayard to call on them at the flying jib.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • On the piazza of the flying jib the trunks stood strapped for the late evening porter and the early morning train.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • An hour went by, and as the wind was still rising, the flying jib was taken in.

    Labrador Days Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • Out upon the piazza of the flying jib the Professor was entertaining visitors, by whose call the lovers were not disturbed.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
British Dictionary definitions for flying jib

flying jib

the jib set furthest forward or outboard on a vessel with two or more jibs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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